This week at the station
This week at Davis: 19 July 2013
Are there any Dieso’s on channel?
It’s been a busy week for Team Dieso. It all started Sunday morning when a radio call came in from Bandits Hut. 'Are there any dieso’s on channel - over?' It was the station leader. Jason and Mark had gone out to Bandits hut to fix a radio then enjoy some R&R. The dreaded Haggs foiled their plans!!
SL: The Hagg will not go into gear - over
Dieso: Move the selector down into drive - over
SL: It won’t start now or go into gear - over
Dieso: Check it’s in neutral and the revs are below 1000RPM - over
SL: Still nothing - over
You get the picture.
This went on for a little longer as we walked them through different steps trying to bring life back into the yellow Hagg. The call was made to load up and head out first thing Monday morning. We already had the blue Hagg packed with all the tools we needed as we had plans of heading to Whoop Whoop first thing in the week to retrieve the two Prinoth snow groomers that were still parked up there from summer.
Monday morning arrived and Aaron and I headed out early to rescue the Station Leader. (I’m sure we could use this to our advantage) It was a beautiful morning till the winds picked up!! When we arrived the weather had turned and it was not going to be a fun fix.
To make a long story short it turned out the Station Leader did not owe us for the rescue. There really was a problem with the Hagg in the electronics to the transmission. After some scratching of heads we decided it was time to bypass all the electrics and computers so that we could limp the Hagg home.
With Station Leader home safe it was time for Team Dieso to head to Whoop Whoop to retrieve the groomers. We spent four days up on the plateau digging out the gear again in weather not fit for a brown dog!! We had to spend one of the days confined to the hut as Antarctica showed us just what she was made of! After the hut had stopped moving the weather cleared and we were lucky to witness two incredible clear AND sunny days!!! All in all a successful week for the dieso team here at Davis.Patrick D